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The Gilbert S. Omenn Prize is awarded by the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health for best article published each year on a topic related to evolution in the context of medicine and public health.

The prize is made possible by a generous donation by Gilbert Omenn, M.D., PhD. Director of the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan where he is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Human Genetics, and Public Health. Dr. Omenn served as Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Michigan Health System from 1997-2002. He is a past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.


Feder, Alison F., et al. “More effective drugs lead to harder selective sweeps in the evolution of drug resistance in HIV-1.” Elife 5 (2016): e10670.


Barroso-Batista, João, Jocelyne Demengeot, and Isabel Gordo. “Adaptive immunity increases the pace and predictability of evolutionary change in commensal gut bacteria.” Nature communications 6 (2015): 8945.


Barber, Matthew F., and Nels C. Elde. “Escape from bacterial iron piracy through rapid evolution of transferrin.” Science 346.6215 (2014): 1362-1366.

Honorable Mention:

Byars, Sean G., Stephen C. Stearns, and Jacobus J. Boomsma. “Opposite risk patterns for autism and schizophrenia are associated with normal variation in birth size: Phenotypic support for hypothesized diametric gene-dosage effects.” Proc. R. Soc. B. Vol. 281. No. 1794. The Royal Society, 2014.

Pennings, Pleuni S., Sergey Kryazhimskiy, and John Wakeley. “Loss and recovery of genetic diversity in adapting populations of HIV.” PLoS genetics 10.1 (2014): e1004000.

Warinner, Christina, et al. “Pathogens and host immunity in the ancient human oral cavity.” Nature genetics 46.4 (2014): 336-344.


Demogines, Ann, et al. “Dual host-virus arms races shape an essential housekeeping protein.” PLoS biology 11.5 (2013): e1001571.

Honorable Mention:

Alberts, Susan C., et al. “Reproductive aging patterns in primates reveal that humans are distinct.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110.33 (2013): 13440-13445.

Graves, Christopher J., et al. “Natural selection promotes antigenic evolvability.” PLoS pathogens 9.11 (2013): e1003766.

Morrow, Edward H., and Tim Connallon. “Implications of sex‐specific selection for the genetic basis of disease.” Evolutionary applications 6.8 (2013): 1208-1217.

Huijben, Silvie, et al. “Aggressive chemotherapy and the selection of drug resistant pathogens.” PLoS pathogens 9.9 (2013): e1003578.

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